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Washington Square Park, New York City

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Washington Square Park is a 9.75acre public park in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Lower Manhattan, New York City. One of the best known of New York City's 1,900 public parks, it is a landmark as well as a meeting place and center for cultural activity. It is operated by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation.The Park is an open space, dominated by the Washington Square Arch at the northern gateway to the park, with a tradition of celebrating nonconformity. The Park's fountain area has long been one of the city's popular spots for residents and tourists. Most of the buildings surrounding the park now belong to New York University, but many have at one time served as homes and studios for artists. Some of the buildings have been built by NYU while others have been converted from their former uses into academic and residential buildings.Location and featuresLocated at the foot of Fifth Avenue, the park is bordered by Washington Square North (Waverly Place east and west of the park), Washington Square East (University Place north of the park), Washington Square South (West 4th Street east and west of the park), and Washington Square West (MacDougal Street north and south of the park).
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  • Impressive monument to an important politician. Other than that nothing special around. Nice to see many people - many dogs on weekends.  more »
  • We enjoyed seeing this while walking through the village. This is an intricate and stunning tribute to George Washington.  more »
  • This is a MUST visit for anyone who is visiting NY. The view is spectacular, for best photos I would recommend the visit at the morning hours when the sun is enlightening the Island. I was lucky with ...  more »
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  • Well laid out park. Plenty of seating space, benches, and grass. A woman named Mary walked around creating custom poems for people (for a small donation). Lots of cool peeps here
  • It's a good place to rest and eat Bleeker Street Pizza when the restaurant has no seats and you have a whole pie. There are homeless people there, but they keep to themselves. There are a lot of NYU students there. Some people smoke, bike ride and skateboard. All 3 aren't allowed there.
  • Lots of activity going on, great photo opportunities. Seems like there was always music coming from somewhere, whether live, from a speaker, or children's laughter. Shady spots for reading and sunny spots for sunning. Overall, a great way to spend part of the day!
  • I've lived in New York for 17 years and WSP will forever hold a special place in my heart. This is where broke me and my first friend in the city would meet to spend as little money as possible while maximizing our entertainment value. The park is seriously overrun by NYU students now but a lot of relaxation and some still-decent people watching can be had here.
  • Good park to stay in sunny day! You will gonna love there to do sunbathing. Here is where a spot of filming Begin Again. I love that movie, so I did enjoy a lot when I walked around in this park.